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Gopher Volleyball Rebounds with Sweep of the Gators

After a frustrating and in some ways encouraging three-set loss to No. 3 Texas, Minnesota got back in the win column with a three-set win over Florida.

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No. 8 Minnesota (2-2) finally won some set points as they swept then No. 7 Florida (2-2). The Gophers held the Gator offense in check and weren’t affected by Florida’s size. The Gophers got the sweep without much stress winning 25-20, 25-17, and 25-22.

Florida went up early but Minnesota was able to turn it around with a 9-1 run to go in front 12-7; four points came off Gator hitting errors. Minnesota saw their five point lead shrink to two, 19-17, after Florida was finally able to put a few balls away which prompted a Minnesota timeout. Florida missed their serve out of the timeout and Minnesota followed it up with a block and kill to give themselves more breathing room before finally closing it out.

A 7-7 tie in set two turned into a seven-point Gopher lead, 18-11, as Minnesota was the benefactor of a handful of Gator errors. Minnesota also started controlling the net racking up two blocks and five kills.

Minnesota was down the first half of set three. After cutting the lead to two, 13-11, Minnesota sided out on a kill from Taylor Morgan. From there Minnesota ran off five points on CC McGraw’s serve including one ace to go up 17-13. Florida cut Minnesota’s lead to two a few times but each time Minnesota was able to score.

Stephanie Samedy led Minnesota with a double-double 16 kills, 12 digs and .343 hitting. Kylie Miller put up 36 assists. Adanna Rollins led the defense with 13 digs and Regan Pittman was the leading blocker with three.

The Gophers outhit the Gators .242-.137. Florida, however, did out-block Minnesota 8.5-5.

AVCA Poll Week 2

  1. Stanford (64)
  2. Nebraska
  3. Texas
  4. Penn State
  5. Baylor
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Marquette
  8. Minnesota
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Oregon

(first-place votes)

Ranked Big Ten Teams: 14 Illinois, 23 Purdue, 24 Michigan.

Stanford survived their first early-season tests sweeping then No. 7 Florida and beating No. 3 Texas in five sets at the Farm led by Kathryn Plummer’s 34 kills and .474 hitting. Baylor and Marquette vaulted into the top ten after beating the Badgers in Madison; Baylor, who got 31 kills from Yossiana Pressley in the four-set win over the Badgers, then swept Marquette in Milwaukee to cap off a successful trip to Wisconsin. Illinois fell out of the top five after falling to then No. 16 Washington and then-unranked Colorado. Creighton was the big winner in Cedar Falls beating Kentucky, Northern Iowa and USC to rebound from an 0-2 outing in the first weekend of play. Kentucky went 2-1 and USC only beat UNI. Michigan fell from the top 15 after falling to Missouri and Dayton. Purdue also dropped in the rankings after losing to Notre Dame.

Weekly Big Ten Honors

Kylie Miller picked up her first Big Ten accolade this week as she was named the Setter of the Week. She averaged 13.17 assists over the two matches while setting the offense to a .311 effort against the Longhorns. Against Florida she a complete effort tallying seven digs and an ace and a block.

Player of the Week: Katelyn Hord, Penn State

Defensive Player of the Week: Karysa Swackenberg, Rutgers

Freshman of the Week: Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

The Gophers head east this weekend to Happy Valley for the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge. Friday Minnesota faces No. 10 Oregon at 5:00 on BTN+. Saturday they get No. 1 Stanford at 4:30 also on BTN+.